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NON-BINDING RESOLUTIONS


The proprietor of this site offers no support for these assertions by reference to authority, social status, degrees conferred, or public acclaim.  By the way, is that not what all this has been about for the past 50 years or so?  I am now a little bored by some of the resolutions that were listed here, and so some pruning has occurred.

 

ON LANGUAGE:
  • More or less accurate communication between humans is 100% possible.
  • Entirely accurate communication between humans is 100% impossible. 
  • Words have meanings, history, best and most accurate usage, and are a medium for sharing information among different and discrete beings. 
  • To put words together  and share them with another being in a way that conveys an intended meaning is an action in and of itself. 
  • Learn how to spell, speak clearly, and write effectively.  You should also learn some history.
  • You should make an effort to live for some length of time surrounded by people who look, speak, think, and behave differently from you.  There is a lot you don't know - it affects how people view you and may limit your life achievement and, thus, your ability to arrange your life to your own satisfaction without having to rely on others.
  • Look up the word "irony" in a reliable dictionary and then STOP using it, especially when what you mean is "coincidental" or "unusual" or something vernacular such as "oh, snap!" 
  • "Flout" and "flaunt" are two completely different words.  "Affect" and "effect" are also two completely different words.  It is possible to learn the difference and use them correctly.
  • Editing is usually good.  Editing is not the same thing as censorship.  Censorship is usually bad.  Freedom of speech is important in part because it makes it easy to know who the assholes are and what they are saying.
  • There is a difference between speaking and writing.
ON THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS:
  • No one is in any way obliged to consider all opinions and opiners as having the same evidentiary weight or persuasive authority.
  • Personal demonstrations of (at least symbolic) respect and politeness in discourse is often a useful approach and is strongly recommended for the good of us all. 
  • There is a "you" and a "me" and there might be an "us."  There is no "we," but I am willing to concede there is probably an "I." 
  • There is a whole big world of people out there, and most of them don't know you or me and could not care less about either. 
ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF ART AND CULTURE
  • To hell with all this business about no arbitrary systems of judgment.
  • Has it all been deconstructed, subverted, and transgressed enough yet?  If not, then continue.  If yes, then for goodness's sake stop  - otherwise, what will our children hate?
  • The Victorian age ended decades ago, which makes this an awfully long time to be dancing in the end zone. 

ON POETRY

  • Some poems are only evidence that they were once written.
  • Not all language is poetry.
  • Poetry should be used only for communication that cannot be more effectively accomplished by other means.

ON ART GENERALLY

  • No matter what you believe or claim to others, your life is not art.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • No more "kicking it up a notch."  Stop it.  None at all, not even ironically. 
  • It is immoral to desire or attempt eternal life in this world.
  • There is no such thing as unmodified perfection.  Therefore, there is no such thing as perfection.  See the comment about "eternal life" supra.
  • Never be persuaded by any assertion based solely on the concept of "Nature" or "Civilization."  Always demand a precise definition of terms and do not accept that either concept is inherently good or evil.